Top 10 Differences Between CodeIgniter And CakePHP

Declaring the winner between the two- CodeIgniter and CakePHP is an implausible task.

Codeigniter is a PHP-driven framework that includes a bag of libraries, plug-ins, and tools, simplify the PHP syntax and streamline the PHP code alongside underpinning the MVC approach. Its advantages comprise of hassle-free migration, easier configuration, tractability and addition of new functionality.

On the other hand, CakePHP is MVC architecture based that follows ORM techniques and make the custom web app development plain-sailing. It is backed by the huge community of developers and it supports all the versions of the PHP programming language.

Furthermore, the comparison between the two frameworks is done not to mention which is superior, while to illustrate in which situation, the one framework is better.

All it comes with the experience of working with both CodeIgniter and CakePHP. That's where Brainvire developers have gained good expertise and experience. So, leveraging this, the list of differences are enlisted.

Take a glance at the 10 differences between CodeIgniter and CakePHP:

  • In terms of simplicity

CodeIgniter is considered as best in regards to its approach to simplicity. The web development when done using CodeIgniter framework, loading is done in libraries, work is done in the controller and pulling in the view. Nothing is hidden and one can see how things get done in CodeIgniter.

Leveraging CakePHP, the coding becomes quicker, but to know more, the developer has to go into the core. Otherwise, understanding how the things work is a bit daunting.

  • Components

In the CodeIgniter, developers have to create or identify the right plug-in or tools, despite having numerous classes like FTP class. On the other hand, CakePHP has Auth component at the core.

  • Object-relational mapping

As earlier said CakePHP follows ORM technique wherein object relational mapping programming that turns the data of different type systems in the database. CodeIgniter does not come with ORM, so for the conversion, developers have to rely on the third parties.

  • Scaffolding

Both the frameworks are loaded with the scaffolding feature, but it works differently with both the framework. CakePHP scaffolding enables the developers to define the way objects are linked to each other and can create or break the links. Also, developers can define and build an application, which can create, update, retrieve and delete the objects.

CodeIgniter scaffolding yields the quickest way to add, modify or remove the information from the database during web development.

  • Code generation

In the CodeIgniter, no basic ingredients to generate the code lies as it won't have any code generation from the console. Sadly, developers have to find the plug-in.

CakePHP is endowed with Bake console that eases the creation of models, controllers, and views. Due to which building a full-fledged application becomes a work of a few minutes.

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  • MVC

Although both the frameworks are MVC architecture based, but in CodeIgniter, the model association is absent and developers are allowed to build the project even without using MVC model that turns the code unsecured and messy because anyone can place the query without filtering.

In CakePHP, the project cannot be built without model, so the query to get value from a table with any field is very simple.

  • Console

CakePHP has this feature, which works great when the team of developers is working remotely for web development. The console allows developers to upgrade the DB schema or generate the code, so other users are not allowed to handle the DB straightly. Instead, CodeIgniter doesn't have the console.

  • Layout

CakePHP leverages the default layout where implementing the header, footer or sidebar is easier. While CodeIgniter create the view or layout with the direct approach, which appears like the app was built from the ground up. Plus, CodeIgniter also provides a caching mechanism for the view that makes the work easier.

  • Validation

Using MVC model means data validation is the must. In CodeIgniter, the set of rules is defined and allocated to the validation objects, which validates the every data passes in the form of URL or web form. Validation class also automate the validation process by displaying the fixed error messages.

In CakePHP, the single test for every field's variable is validated and then declared. For the simple application it's good, but for complex stuff, it becomes cumbersome.

  • Function calling- auto or not?

There are a few functions available in the CakePHP, which are automatically called, no matter how many times the page is refreshed. These functions are auto-executed when they are pre-defined by the developers. In the CodeIgniter, no such auto-function exists.


The comparison is before you. CodeIgniter and CakePHP are the well-known and highly used frameworks for the web development depends on the context in which you need them.

When you have decided to head on to either Codeigniter development or CakePHP development, then do not think much, hire Codeigniter developer, leap ahead with the one keeping the features or functionalities in mind that matches your web development needs.

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